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The wreckage of the war was immense; most of the land west of the [[Ered Luin]], as well as a large part of the central part of the mountains, was laid waste and soon after sank beneath the waves.  The two great Dwarf cities of [[Nogrod]] and [[Belegost]] were also ruined forcing their populaces to flee.  Most of the Elves went to the West, while others went East.  The Valar raised up the island of [[Númenor]] in the Western Sea as a new home for the [[Edain]]. Morgoth's defeat here was not total, however; his chief lieutenant [[Sauron]], survived, and surrendered to the Valar in fear of them. When ordered to return to [[Valinor]], Sauron instead fled and hid in [[Middle-earth]], where he would later rise once more to carry on the will of his master. The terrible destruction of the War of Wrath convinced the Valar to avoid direct intervention in [[Middle-earth]] for the sake of Men and Elves, and as a result, Sauron would rise to great power and prove a devastating opponent for the free peoples there for the next two Ages.
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The wreckage of the war was immense; most of the land west of the [[Ered Luin]], as well as a large part of the central part of the mountains, was laid waste and soon after sank beneath the waves.  The two great Dwarf cities of [[Nogrod]] and [[Belegost]] were also ruined forcing their populaces to flee.  Most of the Elves went to the West, while others went East.  The Valar raised up the island of [[Númenor]] in the Western Sea as a new home for the [[Edain]]. Morgoth's defeat here was not total, however; his chief lieutenant [[Sauron]], survived, and surrendered to the Valar in fear of them. When ordered to return to [[Valinor]], Sauron instead fled and hid deep in [[Middle-earth]], where he would later rise once more to carry on the will of his master. The terrible destruction of the War of Wrath convinced the Valar to avoid direct intervention in [[Middle-earth]] for the sake of Men and Elves, and as a result, Sauron would rise to great power and prove a devastating opponent for the free peoples there for the next two Ages.
  
 
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War of Wrath
Per Sjögren - War of Wrath.jpg
Conflict: War of Wrath
Date: c. F.A. 545 - 587
Place: Beleriand
Outcome: Decisive victory for the Host of the Valar, Drowning of Beleriand, Expulsion of Morgoth from Arda
Combatants

Morgoth and his minions, including Balrogs, Orcs, and Dragons

The Host of the Valar, including the Vanyar and Eärendil

Commanders
Strength

Millions

Hundreds of thousands

Casualties

Virtually entire force

Unknown, but most likely severe.

The War of Wrath, or the Great Battle, was the final battle against Morgoth at the end of the First Age, and the greatest battle ever fought in all of Middle-earth.

Contents

History

Prelude

500 years into the First Age, Morgoth had become mighty in Middle-earth, not least because of the strife among the Noldor. The mariner Eärendil, wearing the Silmaril on his brow, came to Valinor, the first with mortal blood to set foot there, and begged the Valar to help the enslaved Elves and Men of Middle-earth.

The Valar were moved by Eärendil's plea, and along with the Vanyar and Noldor that were in Valinor, riding in the ships of the Falmari, came to Middle-earth in a mighty host. Still bitter about the First Kinslaying, the Teleri did not participate in the war. The Host marched across Beleriand, and met the forces of Morgoth in the plains of Anfauglith.

The Great Battle

The Valar and the Elves destroyed the Balrogs, all save a few who fled and hid themselves, and the armies of the Orcs perished like straw in a great fire. While the Three Houses of the Edain fought with the Valar, many other Men fought against them and perished. Facing defeat, Morgoth released his ultimate weapon, the winged Dragons, which had never been seen before, and drove the Valar back. The leader of these dragons was the powerful Ancalagon the Black.

Then Eärendil came with his sky-ship Vingilot, along with the Eagles, and they fought the dragons, in the end slaying Ancalagon, the mightiest of the dragon horde, who broke the towers of Thangorodrim in his fall.

Morgoth was captured hiding in the deepest dungeon of Angband and bound with his old chain Angainor; the two Silmarils still in his possession were taken by the Maia Eönwë and guarded (whence they were later stolen by Maedhros and Maglor). In the end the Valar thrust him "through the Door of Night, beyond the Walls of the World, into the Timeless Void", where he remains until the Last Battle and the Day of Doom. Only then shall he be utterly destroyed.

"The Doors of Night" by John Howe.

Aftermath

The wreckage of the war was immense; most of the land west of the Ered Luin, as well as a large part of the central part of the mountains, was laid waste and soon after sank beneath the waves. The two great Dwarf cities of Nogrod and Belegost were also ruined forcing their populaces to flee. Most of the Elves went to the West, while others went East. The Valar raised up the island of Númenor in the Western Sea as a new home for the Edain. Morgoth's defeat here was not total, however; his chief lieutenant Sauron, survived, and surrendered to the Valar in fear of them. When ordered to return to Valinor, Sauron instead fled and hid deep in Middle-earth, where he would later rise once more to carry on the will of his master. The terrible destruction of the War of Wrath convinced the Valar to avoid direct intervention in Middle-earth for the sake of Men and Elves, and as a result, Sauron would rise to great power and prove a devastating opponent for the free peoples there for the next two Ages.

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Wars of Beleriand
First Battle · Dagor-nuin-Giliath · Dagor Aglareb · Dagor Bragollach · Nirnaeth Arnoediad · War of Wrath